Long Beach Little League Community Mourns Sean Burroughs – NBC Los Angeles

“The greatest minor league player of all time” is how friends and fans of Sean Burroughs describe the Long Beach native, who won two world minor league championships, an Olympic gold medal and played in the major leagues for the Padres, Rays, Twins and Diamond Backs.

Burroughs collapsed near his car after dropping off his son for a little league game on May 9.

The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the park shortly after 5 p.m. for a report of a person in complete cardiac arrest in the parking lot, but officers were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He’s a Long Beach legend,” said Doug Wittman, president of the Long Beach Little League, who announced his death on social media. “It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to inform you that yesterday afternoon one of our coaches, Sean Burroughs, tragically passed away.”

Burroughs was more than a minor league coach, he was an icon for Long Beach as the first American-born pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters to win the minor league world championship title in 1992. He and his Long Beach team I returned to repeat the following year.

“Sean was part of one of our most beloved teams and represented our country on and off the field in a first-class way,” said Paul Seiler, CEO of USA Baseball.

“It’s a huge void, we miss him so much… it’s surreal… It definitely hurts like losing one of your own,” Wittman said. “He threw the first pitch on our opening day and… I introduced him as the greatest minor league player of all time.”

Burroughs’ son, Knox, was going to play the day his father died.

Knox told mourners during a memorial service Saturday that his father was “the best father I could ever have.” He has been my coach for two years and I love him very much.”

“It took a lot of courage. It was felt in the heart. “I think everyone in the stands and on the field really felt it, but they feel sorry for Knox and the Burroughs family,” Wittman said.